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Supporting girls to learn, thrive and lead change

CAMFED catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine: for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa.

What we do

Education is a fundamental right, and a matter of justice. Girls' education and women's leadership are also key to tackling our most pressing global challenges. Together, we can ignite the world-changing power of girls’ education:


Women's Leadership

Through the CAMFED Association, women are leading action on the big challenges their countries face - from child marriage, and girls’ exclusion from education, to unemployment and climate change.


Social Justice

Social justice starts with educated girls, supporting each other to become independent, influential women, working together with communities to provide equal access to tools and opportunities for all.


Economic Development

When women gain access to skills training, resources and opportunities to grow rural enterprises, they gain economic independence and agency, supporting themselves, their families and communities to thrive.


Climate Action

Educated women make choices that reduce future carbon emissions and increase community resilience to climate change, including through leadership for sustainable futures and the adoption of climate-smart technologies.


Send a girl to school

CAMFED's holistic model of financial and social support radically improves girls’ prospects of becoming independent, influential women.

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Transforming girls' lives

  • 4.88M

    Since 1993, we have supported 4,885,221 children to go to school in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 178K

    The CAMFED Association - our powerful network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support - is 177,899 strong and counting

  • 308k

    308,054 CAMFED Champions (parents, teachers, traditional leaders, district officials and graduates) actively champion and support the advancement of girls and young women in their communities

  • 6,787

    CAMFED supports girls in 6,787 government partner schools across 161 districts to access school, succeed, and become leaders of change in their communities


The multiplier effect

Every school graduate joining the CAMFED Association shares her expertise with others, and financially supports at least 3 more girls to go to school.* 

Girls educated with CAMFED’s support belong to Africa’s largest and fastest-growing network of young women leaders, who are capitalizing on their own education to support many more girls through school.

And as community leaders, they pass on the skills they learn to even more young women, creating employment and opportunity, tackling inequality and injustice.

This is what we call the CAMFED Multiplier Effect, and what Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times calls a “perpetual motion machine” — the positive impact a girl’s education has on others’ lives.

*On average – some support many more!

Discover CAMFED's Multiplier Effect

News Highlights


Dorcas scoops Resolution Project Fellowship

Dorcas Lukwesa, a CAMFED Association member from Zambia and founder of a Mobile Aquaponics agribusiness has been awarded a fellowship by The Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge at the 2021 Mastercard Foundation Baobab summit.


CAMFED awarded 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

We are thrilled that CAMFED has been awarded the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit in recognition of extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.


CAMFED honored with Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

The prestigious 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation recognizes our work in supporting girls to learn, thrive and lead, with an eagle eye on sustainability, equity and social justice.


Nick Kristof Selects CAMFED as Grand Prize Winner of his Holiday Impact Prize

"CAMFED empowers girls and young women, and they in turn reshape their countries. Girls' education may be the highest-return investment available in the world today." - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist


Yidan Prize for Education Development awarded to CAMFED Co-Executives

The Yidan Prize Foundation, dedicated to a creating a better world through education, named CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake as 2020 laureates of the Yidan Prize for Education Development, the world’s largest prize in education.


Watch the CAMFED Annual Review 2020 Video

In a year that tested us all, our power came from our grassroots leadership - the young educated women in the CAMFED Association, who will stop at nothing to make sure girls stay safe and keep learning. And it came from all of you, who joined and supported our movement at this pivotal moment.

Thank you to our generous recent donors

Together we are breaking the cycle of poverty


Naeemah Coleman $10

Jennifer Haist $5

Stephen Watkins £30

Sophie Hooker £120

Diane and Richard Frank $36

Mel O'Gorman €10

Lawrence kahan $25

Sylvia Cohen $18

Kenneth Laing £50


Liam Grant £10

Andrew Shields £100

Rika Coppens €1000

Lara Kenny £5

Lara Kenny £5